24-Hour Plays Returns to Southwestern College

The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays is thrilled to host its eighth 24-Hour play production.  With SC students and staff joined by area high school teachers and students as well as by alumni Campus Player actors, directors, and technicians will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. 

The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors, $2 for students, and no charge for SC faculty, staff, and students. 

This is SC’s first year creating 24-Hour Plays, since the pandemic.  Prior to the pandemic, SC hosted seven 24-Hour Play events.

The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization that gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out details.

The public is also invited to participate. Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors, and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours.

To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.  Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 10:30 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep.   

At 8 a.m. Saturday, actors, directors, and technicians will begin their 11 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons will be treated to the premier of six new 10-minute plays.

Want to Participate?

It is an open invitation to the public to participate. Arrive at Richardson Performing Arts Center Lobby in the Christy Administration Building on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:45 p.m. to being the process. Participants are invited to bring one prop and one costume/outfit to use as a springboard for the writing of the play.


For tickets or other information, call (620) 229-6272, or email

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